Jill Cook Volunteers Auctioneering Skills To Help Community Nonprofits Raise Funds

Jill Cook volunteers her auctioneering skills during the live auction at the annual Crab Fest to help raise funds for the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Feb. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jill Cook discusses the attributes of a set of golf clubs during the auction. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Jill Cook of Los Alamos trained to be an auctioneer and volunteers her time to help raise funds at charitable events.

Cook helped the Rotary Club of Los Alamos break its fundraising record during this year’s Feb. 27 Crab Fest. The event brought in $25,200, which will go toward community and international projects.

“Fundraising events are paramount to the success of most nonprofit organizations and I love helping them reach their goals,” she said.

Cook learned her auctioneering skills at the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. The school provided 96 hours of training in nine days. Class started at 8 a.m. and ended at 10 p.m., she said.

“Having this skill allows me to contribute to those organizations that are enhancing the quality of life in our community,” Cook said.

She is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos and Leadership New Mexico and serves on the board of United Way of Northern New Mexico.

Cook, 47, was born in Madelia, Minn., lived in Ledyard, Iowa and moved to Mesa, Ariz., at age 12. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a banking certificate from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

In her day job, Cook is employed at Homewise, which helps people achieve their homeownership goals. She resides in Los Alamos with her husband of 29 years, Paul Cook. They have two children, Courtney, 25, and Conner, 12.

Auctioneer Jill Cook revs up the crowd and heats up the bidding during the live auction at the Rotary Club’s Crab Fest. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com   

From left, Los Alamos County Councilor Steven Girrens, longtime Los Alamos business leader Bill Enloe and Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Tony Chan with Sonia and Jack Killeen, former head of SOC at LANL. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Emily McGay Waterman makes a toast with Jo Beth Steinhaus and her husband LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Rotary Vice President Linda Hull with friends Sarah Gustafson, Julie Collins, Jolanta Tuzel and Anne Nobile. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kateri Morris and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris with newly retired Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Karen Easton and her special friend Dane Spearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Laura Loy and husband Bob Loy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Clerk Sharon Stover chats with her old friend Rotarian and former councilor Lewis Muir. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarians Skip King and Rob Metcalf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotary President Alison Pannell with Bob Emigh, 96. In the late 1930s, he received a $16 scholarship from Rotary, which helped propel him on a post-secondary path of academics, eventually earning a PhD. He wanted to join Rotary in Los Alamos back ‘in the day’, but there was no Rotary Club at the time, as Rotary International felt Los Alamos would disband. He instead joined Kiwanis.  He gave a generous donation to the Rotary Club during Crab Fest, one far outreaching the $16 he received in the 1930s. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Emily McGay Waterman with her friend Bob Emigh, 96. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Steve Ciddio brings out dessert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The room applauds the students who served food during the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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